In 1827, "Henry Dodge, his family and about 40 miners began what would become the city of Dodgeville. Originally a mining community, Henry Dodge made a pact with the local Winnebago Indian Leaders so he could build a cabin and smelter. The Dodge Mining Cabin, even though it was rebuilt, is believed to be a structure from the original settlement.
first territorial Governor of Wisconsin in 1836
Dodgeville, which was named after Henry Dodge, grew very slowly during its early years of existence. The town was actually made up of two different settlements: "Dodgeville" and "Hollow Minersville". Henry Dodge, growing more popular and wealthy as time passed, became the first territorial Governor of Wisconsin in 1836. Dodgeville became a village in the 1840s.
A small "war" was begun with Mineral Point over who would get the county seat for Iowa County. At the time, Mineral Point had the seat, but Dodgeville felt they should have it. Rumor has it that a few people from Mineral Point actually fired a cannon towards Dodgeville over the issue of the county seat. Dodgeville won the "war", and as such, currently hosts the Iowa County seat in what is now Wisconsin's oldest courthouse.
Mining became less important due to the California Gold Rush of 1849, the Blackhawk Indian War, Civil War, and the emergence of farming. Dodgeville would become a business and agricultural center after the decline of mining in the area.
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